Summer 2020 is the summer for reading.
This has to be the first summer in about 5 years when I’m actually not working. Usually this time every year, I would be working at a Summer School in Oxford for 6 weeks. But of course, due to the current situation, it didn’t go ahead this year.
We have decided to stay in Spain for the summer. So we’ve been relaxing and slowly travelling about, which has been very well-deserved.
Since finishing work, I’ve barely been on my laptop and instead I have buried my head in a few books, which I decided to share with you:
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
If you’ve read ‘The Kite Runner’ then you will know that Khaled Hosseini is an incredible writer and his stories are all based in Afghanistan. Hard-hitting but all of them are page-turners. I am a huge fan of this work.
And the Mountains echoed is no different to the rest of his books.
A story of two siblings who were separated at a young age and both grew up in different worlds. The book takes you through the journey of their lives in adulthood in very different situations.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
I received this book for Christmas and to be honest, it did not disappoint. Eye-opening, heartfelt, honest and utterly amazing. With every page, you gain more respect for this woman and her family.
You learn so much about her struggles growing up, going to university at Princeton and Harvard, her love-story with Barrick, their struggles to become parents and most importantly how she really felt during her time as the First Lady.
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
Conversations with Friends is a story of modern-day relationships. Exploring sexuality, heartbreak and endometriosis, a condition that affects 1 in 10 women, but is never talked about, so I am glad that Rooney touched on it in this book.
It’s an easy read but from the first page, you get sucked into the lives of Frances and Bobbi and their strange connection with married couple Nick and Melissa.
Normal People By Sally Rooney
Sally Rooney’s long-awaited second novel Normal People has been long on my list for some time. I am about a year late to the party with this one I know.
It’s a story of love between Marianne and Connell. It explores their introvert personalities, their undeniable connection. As well as more important issues such as differences in class in today’s world and male mental health issues.
It’s wonderfully written, heart-wrenching and raw. A true reflection on relationships for young people in today’s world. Everyone can connect with the story somehow.